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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Clown loach

Picture of Clown loaches
Common nameClown loach, Clown botia, Tiger botia
Scientific nameChromobotia macracanthus
SynonymsBotia macracanthus (old genus name)
SizeUp to 12" (30cm), but usually smaller in aquaria - about 6" (15cm).
OriginBorneo, Sumatra, India
Tank setupLarge tank with plenty of hiding places
CompatibilityPeaceful community fish
Temperature24-30oC (75-86oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, slightly acidic (pH 6-7) preferred, but will adapt to harder and more alkaline water.
FeedingOmnivorous, but prefers meaty foods
SexingUnknown, females may be fuller bodied
BreedingThere have only been occasional spawnings reported in aquaria, of which there are no detailed accounts. The Clown loach is now bred commercially on fish farms in large numbers.
Comments A very popular aquarium fish, both for its colour and its antics. One of its habits is to lie on its side when resting - which may alarm those not familiar with it, as the fish may appear to be ill! They may also make audible clicking sounds, particularly at feeding time. They tend to be more active if kept as a small group, rather than singly or in pairs. Provide plenty of refuges in the way of bogwood or hollow cylinders such as bamboo or pipes, as the fish like to rest out of sight.
This fish is particularly prone to whitespot/ich when stressed in any way, so observe fish carefully before buying and ideally quarantine for at least 2 weeks before introducing to the main tank.


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